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February 4

2014 - Blues singer Paul Rodgers’ The Royal Sessions debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

2014 - Toni Braxton and Babyface released Love, Marriage & Divorce. The album included their No. 1 hit, “Hurt You.” The album, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts, was also nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best R&B Album category.

2013 - British singer/songwriter Reg Presley, best known for his hit “Wild Thing,” died. He was 71.

2013 - Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper released Get Up! It later won the Grammy Award for Best Blues Album in 2014.

2013 - Fall Out Boy announced their reformation with a new album, Save Rock and Roll, and a concert tour.

2012 - Adele's single "Set Fire to the Rain" reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her album, 21, the first album in history to have three #1 songs from the same album by a British female artist.

2009 - Lux Interior, a founding member of the rock ‘n’ roll band The Cramps, died. He was 62.

2008 - The Lost Trailers’ single "Holler Back" was released to radio.

2008 - George Strait’s single "I Saw God Today" was released.

2007 - Barbara McNair, best known for her 1960s hits "You're Gonna Love My Baby" and "Bobby," died. She was 72.

2005 - Dierks Bentley reconnected with his high school sweetheart Cassie Black at his show opening for George Strait in Phoenix. Dierks and Cassie tied the knot by the end of the year.

2002 - Chris Cagle flew with the Blue Angels at the Naval Air Base in El Centro, California.

2002 - Stevie Wonder sang "Happy Birthday" to Rosa Parks on her 89th birthday at the premiere of the made-for-TV movie Ride to Freedom: The Rosa Parks Story.

2001 - Jimmy Buffett was ordered by NBA referee Joe Forte to give up his courtside seat due to the use of profanity. After a several-minute delay, the game between the Miami Heat and the visiting New York Knicks continued.

1999 - Rykodisc was the first record label to give its stamp of approval to the MP3 music distribution format.

1999 - Freddy Fender received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1996 - Rob Pilatus, formerly of Milli Vanilli, was hospitalized when he was hit over the head with a baseball bat in Hollywood. Pilatus was attempting to steal a car. The owner was the person who hit him.

1995 - Pam Tillis earned her first number one hit with "Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)."

1987 - Pianist Liberace died of AIDS at age 67.

1983 - Singer-drummer Karen Carpenter died of cardiac arrest caused by anorexia. She was 32.

1978 - On the TV show What's Happening!!, Rerun got busted by The Doobie Brothers when he tried to tape their concert for bootleggers.

1977 - Fleetwood Mac released the Rumours album. It stayed at number one on the album chart for 31 weeks.

1975 - Singer-sax player-bandleader Louis Jordan died of a heart attack. He was the inventor of jump blues, a precursor to rock & roll.

1971 - Diana Ross guest starred on Danny Thomas’ Make Room For Granddaddy TV show.

General History for Tuesday, 2/4/20

1783 - Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its former colony, the United States of America.

1789 - Electors unanimously chose George Washington to be first president of the United States.

1941 - The U.S.O. (United Services Organization) began operations.

1952 - Jackie Robinson was named director of communication for NBC, making him the first black executive of a major radio-TV network.

1962 - The Soviet Union's news agency Pravda claimed that Russians invented baseball.

1965 - Albert DeSalvo, convicted for being "the Boston Strangler," was committed for life to a hospital for the criminally insane. He allegedly strangled 13 women. He's dead now.

1974 - Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped from her apartment in Berkeley, California, by members of the Symbionese Liberation Army.

1982 - Freddie Laker's No Frills Airlines flights went out of business.

1987 - The American yacht Stars and Stripes, skippered by Dennis Connor, won the America's Cup yachting trophy.

1993 - The Boston Celtics retired Larry Bird's number 33 during a ceremony at the Boston Garden.

1997 - Ben Vereen was released from a rehab center in New Jersey. The entertainer was receiving therapy after being hit by a truck near his home in Malibu, California.

1997 - A civil jury in Santa Monica, California, found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

1999 - Gary Coleman was sentenced to a $400 fine and a suspended 90-day jail sentence, and was ordered to attend 52 anger-management classes. The sentence stemmed from an incident in which Coleman assaulted an autograph seeker on July 30, 1998.

1999 - Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, was shot and killed in front of his Bronx home by four plainclothes New York City police officers.

2003 - Yugoslavia was formally dissolved by lawmakers. The country was replaced with a loose union of its remaining two republics, Serbia and Montenegro.  

2004 - Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg.

2009 - A fire in Chicago damaged the historic Holy Name Cathedral, a landmark that was 134 at the time.

2010 - Actress Brittany Murphy’s death was ruled an accident by officials thanks to a deadly mix of pneumonia and multiple drugs in her system. The 32-year-old actress was found dead in her California home the previous December 20.

2012 - Fidel Castro released an unexpected 1,000-page memoir about his life. The 85-year-old Cuban leader unveiled the memoir, which consisted of two books, at a press conference.

2013 - Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Essie Mae Washington-Williams died at the age of 87. She was the interracial daughter of Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, a former segregationist who never acknowledged her publicly as his child.

2018 - The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots, 41-33, at Super Bowl LII.

2018 - John Mahoney, stage and screen actor best known for playing Martin Crane, Frasier and Niles' gruff dad on Frasier, died.


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